How to Catch Tech Recruiters’ Attention With Your IT Job Candidate Profile
Sep 20, 2021
With digital transformation on the rise across all industries, tech recruiters are under tremendous pressure to fill positions quickly. Tech job seekers wondering how to get noticed by these recruiters should start with updating their online profiles.
Many tech recruiters can only submit a few candidates for each position, so they’re likely to skip questionable profiles and head straight to those they know will hit the mark. Candidates who make their online profiles as substantive and specific as possible are more likely to be a recruiter’s top choice.
How to Land an IT Job
If you’re a tech job seeker looking to stand out in today’s fast-paced recruiting environment, don’t underestimate the importance of your online profile. Keep these best practices in mind to get noticed by tech recruiters:
1. Include all relevant skills and context.
Be specific when describing your experience and skills. It’s not enough to say you’re a programmer, for instance. List the actual programs you used, including modules, what you did with them, and any other pertinent information. You’ll make a tech recruiter’s role even easier by adding how and where you learned a skill along with how you can apply it.
2. Aim for a “just right” profile length.
You don’t want to sell yourself short on your profile. At the same time, you don’t need to include every detail about your life and experience, either. Recruiters will scan profiles rapidly. Keep your profile tightly focused and highlight the most relevant experiences, so it’s attractive without being overstuffed.
3. Address your employment gaps.
A gap in employment can signal many different things, so don’t let recruiters guess. Include a meaningful one- to two-sentence explanation that outlines what you were doing. If you were pursuing additional education, for example, recruiters might be impressed. If you left a job off the list because it was in another industry, recruiters might be interested in your unique experience.
4. Write your profile for a recruiter audience.
Tech recruiters have a good idea of what skills companies are looking for, but they might not possess in-depth technical understanding. Pay attention to the language you use in your profile and avoid overly technical descriptions. You’ll have the opportunity to show off your technical knowledge and skill sets when you reach the interview stage, but in the beginning, it’s all about getting recruiters’ attention.
5. Double-check for the little things.
Mistakes in spelling, grammar, or formatting can signal indifference to recruiters. On the other hand, error-free applications can go a long way toward proving a candidate’s professionalism and desire for the job. Be sure to read through your profile in full at least once after completing it and ask a peer to review it as well.
Tech recruiters aren’t looking for flashy or complicated profiles. They want a clear picture of what you can do to determine whether you’re the right fit for an open position. Help streamline the process and land more interviews by revising your profile with the steps above today.
If you’re a tech job seeker looking for your next opportunity, visit CTG’s Careers page to learn more about the company and view our openings.
Managing Director, Recruiting
As Managing Director, Recruiting, Heather Alesius is responsible for oversight of CTG’s recruiting strategy, process, structure, and teams in support of our client base. During her more than 23 years of experience with CTG, she has held a range of critical operations roles that directly support CTG resource delivery to clients.